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I am especially fond of indian food, it’s yummy and often vegetarian. So after eating ina really good indian restauarant I started experimenting with indian recipes. This Creamy Spinach Dahl is one of my favourite recipes! It’s filled with veggies and the indian spices give it it’s curry flavour. Do make sure to use heavy/thick cream or greek yoghurt, I used cooking cream once that was thin and the curry structure wasn’t as good then.
This reciped is inspired by Veggie Belly.
- Red Bell pepper- 1
- Lentils – 200 gram/ 1 cup
- Onion – 1
- Tomato – 2
- Spinach either fresh or frozen – 1 1/2 cup
- Garlic – 2 gloves
- Low salt bouillon cube – 1
- Heavy Cream/ créme fraiche/ greek yoghurt – 125 ml / 4 tablespoons
- Turmeric Powder – 2 tablespoons
- Cumin Powder – 3 teaspoons
- Garam Masala – 1 tablespoon (optional)
- Mild Madras 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
- Water – 500 ml/ 2 cups
- Olive Oil
You can serve this with rice, naan or any other bread. This recipe feeds about 4-6 people.
- Slice and dice all the vegetables. Heat the oil and bake the garlic and onion until the onion is translucent.
- Add the tomato and bake for a minute or so.
- Mix all the spices and the bouillon cube in a small bowl.
- Add the paprika and a bit water and bake for about 5-10 minutes so the paprika get’s a bit soft.
- Add the lentils and spinach. If you’re not using storebrought lentils that are done already, you have to cook them first. If you’re using frozen spinach you can heat it first or let it melt in the pan. Stir well.
- Add the spices, the remaining water and the heavy cream. Stir well and cook till it is a nice thick curry.
At step 2 baking the onion, garlic and tomato
Step 3 mix the spices
And added the optional spices as well
Step 4 adding and baking the paprika
It’s alive! My boyfriend made a face in the paprika, doesn’t it look happy?
Step 5 adding the lentils
Step 5 adding the frozen spinach
Step 6 add the spices
After adding the cream, it should look something like this.
Oh, I love Indian food, we had a very good Indian restaurant nearby but unfortunately, it’s now closed… Your recipe is tasty, I’ve bookmarked it to try it later 🙂 It’s funny you’re mentioning lentils, I’m currently eating a Chorba, a sort of vegetable soup with lentils, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, various spices, I’ve added a leek to replace the zucchini not available in this season. I’ll post the recipe one day. Meanwhile, here’s what it looks like : http://www.food.com/recipe/algerian-lentil-soup-chorba-adas-498369
It’s tasty and perfumed, ideal for winter 🙂
Oh that lentil soup looks delicious! I pinned that recipe so I can give it a try, I only made lentil soup once before and it was okay, so I am looking forward to try a new lentil soup recipe.
Ever since I ate at an india restaurant this summer I am in love with indian food. I have a new curry with pieces of dough in it planned for tomorrow!
I had dahl for the first time last weekend at an indian wedding, it was so delicious! It’s healthy too! I’ve never cooked indian food before because I don’t know where to get all the spices, but I like eating it. Great recipe!
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We have some asian supermarkets and toko’s close by where you can get spices for real cheap, every once in a while my boyfriend goes there and buys a few bags of spices for me. I am a big fan of indian food and how it can be so flavourfull but not spicy and most often vegetarian as well.
Mmmm, this looks yummy! Would probably be great with some jasmine rice too. I love that your frozen spinach comes in balls! Ours comes in big blocks that are a pain to deal with.
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I think jasmine rice would be great with this as well. And how weird your frozen spinach come in big blocks! I always use frozen spinach as it’s just so easy and I like frozen spinach more than fresh spinach, with those sized balls you can easily add a bit more spinach if necessary.
I love Indian food, and I haven’t tried making spinach dal before! Thanks, Lola!
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Same here, I love indian food and this spinach dal is such a fun and yummy recipe to make! I hope you give it a try 🙂
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Yum. My mom’s been trying out a lot of Indian recipes lately! We love Indian food here, too!
For the things with sauces we use either greek yogurt or coconut cream. The coconut cream is sooo hard to find, but it tastes amazing with all of those spices cooked in!
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I love indian food as well and am so happy to have found this recipe on pinterest! I usually use coconut milk or greek yoghurt. Sometimes creme fraiche, but I prefer yoghurt as it’s less fatty and tastes better.
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Well it looks and sounds yummy Lola! Indian is usually too spicy for me. (I’m a total wuss I know lol) but maybe if I was trying it at home I could tone that down some. Hmm.
And how cute is your frozen spinach! Does it always come in that shape?
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Indian food doesn’t have to be spicey, most of the recipes I make aren’t hot. I hate spicy, I am a total wuss when it coems to spicy food as well. But these recipes are flavourfull and full of spices, but not spicy in the sense of hot. I always leave the peppers out and only add a bit cayenne pepper, that removes most of the too spicyness.
Yes our frozen psinach always comes in that shape, it’s really handy :).
Ahh that would help. We have indian restaurants here and when we go usually even the ‘mild’ dishes are too hot for me. I may get brave enough to try some at home 😀
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I am the same even the mild dishes in Indian restaurants are too hot for me, but you can be garanteed that all dishes I make are spiced, but mild. That’s what I like about making them at home I can make sure they aren’t too spicey, although I have messed up a few times and made dishes too hot, but those failures never make it on the blog ;).
I love Indian food, too, and everybody at my house loves spinach, too. I may have to try this one as well, Lola. But since we’re all very carnivorous, I think I’ll have to find some kind of meat to add in as well…
It looks really good, and I bet it’s nice with long-grain brown rice.
Have a great Sunday, Lola, and happy reading.
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You can add some minced meat or chicked to it, I am sure that would work or any other meat you like. Most of the recipes I make and post here are vegetarian as I am a vegetarian, but ofcourse you can add meat to them. If you like indian food and spinach I am pretty sure you will like this as well!
I’ve not eaten dahl before, Lola, but I love curry. My kids aren’t very adventurous when it comes to foods but I have a friend who is, so we eat at different restaurants to get our ‘fix’. 🙂 My favorite lentil dish is a simple lentil soup.
BTW, I made the chocolate snickerdoodles last week!! They are amazing and my kids ate them up so quickly! I’m going to make another batch this week. 🙂
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My boyfriend ate a delicious lentil soup in a restaurant once, but I haven’t been able to make a nice lentil soup at home yet. I wasn’t adventurous when it came to food as a kid and I am still a picky eater, btu I definitely broadened my tastes.
And I am so happy to hear you tried the chocolate snickerdoodles! And I am glad your kids liked them as well, here they are gone really quickly as well.